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It's a sad day when we have to create a special submission call to raise awareness about how teens are being negatively affected by the book bans that are sweeping the nation. We are watching as teens everywhere are losing access to books that discuss marginalized identities, including LGBTQ+, BIPOC, and many more. 

Banning books is a form of erasure and censorship. But, teens are stronger than ever and they are ready to fight back. We must pave the way for a future that is inclusive and embraces all identities so that today's youth and future generations have equal access to material that speaks to their specific experiences.  

This special submission call is specifically meant for teens, ages 13 - 18 years of age. We're looking for personal essays, short stories, or poems about how the book bans are negatively affecting you in any way, shape, or form you want to highlight your experience. 

*Please note that those younger than 18 will need to sign a parental consent form* 


Submission Timeline: May 1st - Until 50 submissions are received. Once we hit 50 subs, this call will close and we will create a print anthology book. Pieces will be accepted in the interim and will appear on an online showcase on our website. 


Guidelines: 

Personal Essays / Short Stories - 4,000 word maximum 

Poetry - Submit UP to 3 poems

Art/Photography - Submit UP to 3 pieces. We are choosing ONE piece to be the cover art for this specific volume so please make sure it aligns with the special submission call. 

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.